Transfering bulk files from DOS laptop

January 31, 2011 at 04:15:35
Specs: DOS 6.22

I have a Toshiba Tecra 510CDT.
It has DOS 6.22 installed.

The main use is for programming / coms for Legacy machine tools control systems. (programs that run under DOS only, and need the COM port)

How can I copy / transfer all the files from this laptop to another PC for safe keeping. There are many files, and using the Floppy will take forever!

Can a serial port transfer utility still be obtained for this purpose? (DOS one side, XP the other?)

I have a few other PCs... 95, 98, XP if anything can be run on these.

I used Laplink many moons ago, not sure if this is still available, and will cross OS platforms?


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January 31, 2011 at 05:34:20
Use the interserver/interlink which is part of 6.22 and works with most null modem or laplink cables.

Or boot Netware 3.11 from floppy and use ethernet criss-cross.

Life is too important to be taken seriously.


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January 31, 2011 at 06:22:37
M2 is absolutely right as usual, just a note.

Interserver/interlink needs real plain DOS to run on a XP computer. If you want to run that under XP you need to setup a virtual machine by downloading MS Virtual PC (free from Microsoft) and install as guest OS DOS 6.22 enabling the physical COM port. Interlink can now connect the different OSes and transfer files.

The virtual DOS envirionment can share the host XP hard disk making easy files moving across systems, but this feature requires a bit of explanation since Microsoft hates it and trys to hide its installation.

If you are interested contact me via a private message/e-mail for more info.

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January 31, 2011 at 09:33:37
MS Netwrok Client 3 can be used on a Local Area Network.using theTCP/IP Protocol as well has having a Network Card with MS-DOS NDIS Driver, there are other files required for file & print sharing see

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February 9, 2011 at 03:12:50
Also, if the Toshiba has a modem (internal or external) and some way to dial out and send data, there's a way to transfer via modem:

May take some tweaking between different OS's though, and I'm sure time would be an issue if it's a lot of data...

"Channeling the spirit of jboy..."

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March 26, 2011 at 00:14:24
Thanks Everyone, sorry I have not got back before now (work gets in the way of everything!)

There is no ethernet connection and no windows installed, but I had another thought...

What if I remove the 2.5" hard-drive and put it into a usb drive cradle (is that what they are called?) and plug it into my widows usb port? Then copy the data or even clone the drive?

This sounds too simple to be true, is it easy enough, or have I overlooked something?

What do you think?

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April 6, 2011 at 09:36:46
Is there no comment on my above suggestion?
This is ok isn't it?

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April 8, 2011 at 16:13:01
I have FastLinx on a couple of computers. Wore out the red cable, so had to buy a blue one but it is used near every day off the Serial Port. The firm was attached to Sewell of Arizona, but now is independant.

You got a cable right?


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